Three division world champion and Mexican boxing legend, Julio César Chávez, has criticised Ryan Garcia following the 24-year-old’s defeat to Gervonta Davis.
Garcia was stopped by a body shot in the seventh round, having been knocked down in the second and largely outclassed for the majority of the fight.
After the final punch landed, there were plenty of sceptics who believed ‘King Ryan’ was not as hurt as he was suggesting and that the previously undefeated prospect could have got to his feet.
In a post-fight interview, Chávez, who was in-attendance in Las Vegas, vented his frustrations at the lack of resilience shown from Garcia and announced that this would be the last time he’ll ever watch him.
“It wasn’t even a punch, where he hit him, what time he hit him,”
“I’m not going to watch him anymore. I don’t want to watch any more Ryan Garcia fights, count me out.”
El César Del Boxeo holds a number of records in the sport, having the most title fights (37) and most successful title fight victories (31) and defences (27). The now 60-year-old also managed a ninety-fight unbeaten run before he picked up his first professional defeat, losing a split-decision to Frankie Randall in 1994, which he would avenge on his very next outing.
Such success has earnt Chávez the hard-earned respect of the proud Mexican boxing faithful, something that Garcia seems far away from achieving.
Following the fight, where most fans in Mexico will have been routing for ‘King Ry’, he received heaps of criticism on national television for the manor of his defeat. Mexican-Israeli ESPN journalist, David Faitelson, joined Chavez in blasting the youngster claiming that he is a ‘product of social media’ and that he has more ‘followers on Instagram than he he has boxing skills’.